June 30, 2017

September Goals

If you have a child coming in to Grade Three this Fall, all Grade Three teachers ask that students can complete the following tasks on their own before the first day of school:  

  • spell their first and last name
  • know ALL their important phone numbers by heart
  • tie their shoes
  • spell, from memory the words on their "No Excuse" word list found here
  • identify when they've mixed up the letters b and d when writing 
  • count by twos, fives and tens to 100
  • know how to add and subtract single digit numbers 
  • memorize all their doubles addition facts such as (2+2, 3+3, etc. up to 11+11)
  • tell time to the hour   
Of course, there may be circumstances where achieving these goals may not be possible for some children. If this list is too much for your child, parents, we ask that you pick three or four goals for your child to work toward. Please keep in mind, the first four are the essential goals. 

The Grade Three teachers at our school are goal setters, and we believe in order for all students to be successful it's essential to always be working toward a specific target. In addition to the academic success that comes with achieving their learning goals, when we set goals, we teach children about the value of hard work and perseverance and we help them to develop and improve their self-confidence.   

June 28, 2017

Thank you

Your manners.
A sense of humour.
A kind heart. 

Way back in September, on the very first day of school, students learned about the three things they need to bring to school each day, and they never failed to fulfill this responsibility. 

My students are exceptionally polite, they have a great sense of humour and they are among the most compassionate students I've ever met.  

We've had a wonderful year together haven't we? It's been truly a pleasure to teach this group of children and I will treasure my time with them always.  

From making applesauce to the hundredth day of school, from math songs to rescuing a gummy worm from peril, we have shared in so many wonderful times.  We had lots and lots of Fun Fridays, but if we're being honest, everyday was fun, even when we were just reading together or simply getting to know each other.  

Have you seen the collection of Brag Tags the kids brought home last week?  Really look at those.  They speak to our year together. They speak to the reasons saying goodbye is so hard.  

Thank you to all the boys and girls in room 208 for being such a wonderful group of people to spend my day with. And parents, thank YOU for your positive interactions, your sense of humour and your kind heart.  It's been a pleasure working with you all and it is my sincere hope that our paths will cross again someday.  
Have a wonderful summer!  xoxo

June 23, 2017

Fun Friday!

We watched a favourite movie of mine this afternoon as part of our Fun Friday activity.  It's called, "Everyone's Hero" and it's full of positive messages.  I love how this movie encompasses themes we've talked about all year long. It's a great way to end the week and revisit so many of the important touchstones from our year together. 

These include: 
  • don't quit...ever!
  • advocate for yourself
  • sometimes things don't go our way 
  • we all need to be accountable 
  • include others 
  • make our community a better place 
  • no matter how good a person is at sport, skill, or activity, we all need to practice

I also love that this movie references Babe Ruth. We learned a lot about him back in the winter when we read "Swindle" by Gordon Korman.  

Just prior to watching the movie, I gave the kids some remaining resources I had ordered from the Dairy Board to support our review of non-fiction texts. You'll recall the boys and girls are writing their own non-fiction texts in the form of a brochure for a fantasy carnival.  

We had already explored a really great document called "The Plate Mate" a week or so ago as a kind of mentor text, and I was really pleased with how many of the text features and other curriculum expectations we've talked about where right there for the kids to identify in the booklet called "Facts on Snacks". I ended up recording this part of our lesson today and you can watch it below! 

Please also look for your child's Brag Tags, which came home today!  As you can see, everyone has achieved a great many milestones this year!  

June 21, 2017

Mozart and Math Games!

We had such a nice afternoon on Wednesday! First, we closed our eyes, rested our heads and listened to Mozart's Magnificent Voyage.  We learned all about the famous composer by listening to a movie for our minds.  It was brief, but such a nice after lunch activity.

After that, the Mozart music continued and we moved on to different Math games.  It was a great way for everyone to practice their number-sense skills AND play together with a purpose.  It was everything you could hope for in a June afternoon.  

One of our favourite games to play was Farkle! Here's a printable version of the rules and instructions (click here)



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